NaNoWriMo – Day twenty.

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Last night I had what felt like my first terrific night of writing–once again I am caught up! And such wonderful scenes! Not to sound boastful, it’s just that everything was clicking, for once. “Rarely had the words poured from my penny pencil with such feverish fluidity!” (Is it too soon to start quoting A Christmas Story?) I already feel like the second half of my book is so much better than the first half. Oh, and this whole “split novella” thing? Not so original–turns out it’s pretty much the same thing that Salinger did in Franny and Zooey, at least structurally. I don’t know why that didn’t occur to me sooner.

I ran a poll by my friends at MySpace–they didn’t know it at the time, but they were deciding the course of this story. Well, they were the voice of the people, anyway. Given seven themes, I asked them to rank them in order of interest. Here is what they, as a group, came up with:

Loneliness – 33
Faith – 31
Romance – 26
Greed – 24
Revenge – 24
Doubt – 22
Justice – 13

(Those numbers are a composite score, not individual votes.) In some ways these answers were consistent with my preexisting thematic leanings, while others were a surprise. (“Greed rules!” Really? Does it?) Probably there will be some elements of each. So, okay, that’s what I’ve got to say today.